Masquerade is a 1965 action comedy directed by Basil Dearden. Colonel Drexel (Jack Hawkins) is an American war veteran hired by the British to kidnap the wealthy young Arabian Prince Jamil (Christopher Witty). The hostage is heir to the throne of an unspecified Middle Eastern nation, and the British want to hold him for ransom. Blinded by greed, Drexel goes rogue, framing his friend Frazer (Cliff Robertson) and attempting to secure the entire ransom payment for himself. Now he must avoid the wrath of the Brits who hired him and the nation whose prince he has stolen! Masquerade is a fast-paced, hilarious romp that satirizes themes of espionage and international intrigue. The film was released during the Cold War, when these issues were at the forefront of the collective American consciousness. Even now, with the Cold War twenty years in the past, Masquerade is a firm favorite of political satire fans.